Health: IBS? FODMAP? It's all letters to me!

If you follow me on twitter you might know I suffer from a lot of stomach problems. I have done since I was a teenager really, which leads me to think they are linked in-part to my hormones. Since having the gastric bypass nearly seven years ago and my gallbladder removed 4 years ago they have worsened to the point that I am in crippling pain at some point, most days, and I can’t leave the house without some imodium, buscopan and painkillers. 

I’ve been under the care of a specialist for nearly a year now and I’m having some tests and procedures done to rule out anything like Crohn’s for example as I’ve also been experiencing fatigue, joint pain, nausea, dizziness and a whole host of other symptoms, the doctor is sure I have IBS aggravated by my surgeries and has advised that I try the FODMAP diet, which I’ve kind of been putting off. 

FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and PolyolS which are the names for molecules found in food, they are thought to aggravate IBS symptoms, and by adapting a low FODMAP diet you can help your digestive health. 


As someone with a history of eating disorders the thought of any ordered eating plan scares me, regardless of its potential benefits to my stomach health. I guess I’m scared about getting too involved in it. If I do happen to lose some weight on it (which is a possibility with any change to eating habits) I’m scared it will undo all the positive steps I’ve taken to embrace my body and the love I have for myself. On the flip side I’m scared if I don’t quite stick to it, I’ll be very hard on myself, which will too, be very damaging. 

But I guess what I have to keep in my mind is that this is for the health of my stomach. This is to help purely with my pain and hopefully alleviate it somewhat. 

I was just wondering really if any of you have had experience with it? If you have any top tips, if you found it helpful, that kind of thing?

I’ve started a little pinterest board, which you can see here, it’s still in its early days, and I’ve followed a few twitter accounts too. Do you have any helpful resources at all? 

Thanks gang <3


  1. on December 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I saw an article about FODMAPs a couple of weeks ago and thought I might try it. Cutting out bread has made sod all difference to my bloating and pain. I shall be keen to hear how you get on. Good luck! xx

  2. Charli Stewart-Russon on December 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I've had a lot of surgery on my abdomen (for problems with my head of all things) which has left me with a lot of discomfort and bloating. I cut out complex carbs as part of a fitness programme and found that I've had a lot less bloating and lot less general pain around my tummy.

    What's really telling is that I've slipped over christmas and binged on shortbread and other high carb items (like pasta and bread) and I've been feeling sluggish, heavy, bloated, sore and generally unattractive. I'll definitely be heading back to avoiding bread and other such items shortly!

    C xx

  3. Anonymous on January 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I'm starting on gluten & dairy free diet in the hope of allievating some of my stomach problems. Good luck !

  4. Lisa Bollins on January 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    My mum is low FODMAP and has been for two years now. At first she was a bit worried about it all but after a few weeks she instantly felt better. It's certainly worth it in her eyes! Good luck 🙂 x